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Superb. What's that he's sitting on?

Feb 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

"Superb. What's that he's sitting on?"

The Naughty Step?

Feb 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterBuck

Is he sitting on a tree stump

Feb 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

He Josh, an alternative title

Steig in the dumps

Feb 8, 2011 at 10:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

There is very clearly only warming in the peninsula regions: the interior is still looking blue...

Feb 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Pedant-General

Being a person with a slightly basic sense of humour, I think it is an outside loo and he is s*****ng himself.


Feb 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterRETEPHSLAW

Anoneumouse, yes! I thought that too, but then I thought not so many people would get it so I went for Eric the Red.

And Eric the Red was big in the medieval warm period... in iceland.

Feb 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

I like it, although I think Erik Bloodaxe was more fun than the Red :p

Feb 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

Nicely done!
Being the butt of a Josh cartoon is like being on the front page of Time - only it is guaranteed to be better earned and leave more of a mark on the minds of the readers!

Feb 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM | Unregistered Commenterbernie


Excellent again, Josh.

Feb 8, 2011 at 12:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

Is he sitting in the Schmidt house?

Feb 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

Is it his turn to keep the lid on the borehole?

Feb 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterDreadnought

Classic Josh! Eric the Red - sat on his borehole :)

h/t Dreadnought - btw is that a musical reference? I like the J200 myself ;)

Feb 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

Eric has no shame; that red you see is blackness from his heart spread temporally and spatially over his facade.

Feb 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

This is how Eric produces the material to smear his critics, when he runs out of Real Science

Feb 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

The sore behind .... the 88 sheets of abrasive paper.

Feb 8, 2011 at 1:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

The Nature Cover at the time:

Antartica Warming

"A new reconstruction of Antarctic surface temperature trends for 1957–2006, reported this week by Steig et al., suggests that overall the continent is warming by about 0.1 °C per decade. The cover illustrates the geographic extent of warming, with the ‘hotspot’ peninsula and West Antarctica shown red against the white ice-covered ocean. [Cover image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Washington/USGS]"

Feb 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

RC radio silence, as Watts calls it, means they are coming with an 'explanation' from Steig et al. Here is guessing how one might look like:

“I realized upon careful review of the published paper (O’Donnell et al) that the methods I had suggested as reviewer had certain flaws. So when I went back and tackled these, the outcome was surprisingly closer to our Nature paper. Since I felt responsible in part, for O’Donnell et al being published in its present form, I decided not to communicate my findings to J Clim, in keeping with my good conscience. And frankly, I was surprised that the authors did not examine these suggestions, flawed as they were, in any greater detail at all and simply accepted them. Indeed, I sat down to take in the whole paper in its published form, (after months of heavy drilling work), and its problems became apparently to me immediately. This is perhaps only a reflection of the unfamiliarity of Antarctic climate research on the part of the authors of O'Donnell et al.
But the new results were important enough to be communicated so we published them at Realclimate recently, for open discussion.
We, at Realclimate, realize now that the lead author has broken faith with the journal in revealing the identity of its reviewers to a half-crazed public at denier websites. I personally feel enormous regret that I put in so much hard work in reviewing this paper to begin with, even though its findings were hostile to my Nature paper. Scientists do not get any compensation for their peer-review efforts and now my name has been unfairly dragged in the mud. I have been called names and people have issued personal threats. I realize how Ben Santer must have felt. I am now moving J Clim to take remedial, disciplinary action directed at authors of O’Donnell et al 2010.”

Feb 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

How about this?

"Eric the Reviewer.
Redefining Peer Review"

Feb 8, 2011 at 1:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

Shub, brilliant explanation.... cant wait for the next chapter in this story.

Feb 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

In other news, while there are no reports of death threats against Eric, Mrs Steig did find a rat in her bed.

It was on a laptop, deleting comments from RC.

Feb 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

Excellent. Shub!

(Who said there are no predictions in climatology?)

An explanation for Steig not declaring his fundamental interest in this particular paper? "While some may question whether I should have accepted the role of scientific reviewer of a paper which was focused on an area in which I have myself published critical scientific work, it should of course be pointed out that it is my unique expertise in this field which makes me a uniquely appropriate reviewer. I find it stunning that my selfless dedication to the scientific method should be cynically denigrated by those who have no scientific expertise but merely political agendas."

Feb 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Predictions already coming true !?

Here is Eric Steig's latest, at Realclimate,

I haven't bothered to go read what is evidently being written about me, but if this is an accurate description um.. you're kidding right? I'm now being blamed for their writing a lousy paper? ...


Feb 8, 2011 at 4:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

Yup, Steig seems to be working from Shub's script. (Shub, are you the mastermind behind the Hockey Team?)

Steig: "It would be entirely normal for an editor to send a paper criticizing someone's work to that person, for their opinion. You just wouldn't want that opinion to be the deciding factor, which is why normally you'd get several other reviewers; this is presumably the case here. Reviews, however, are usually confidential and anonymous."

...po-faced hypocrisy in action.

On a slightly different topic, interesting to see that Steig seems to be actually unable to cntrl-c, cntrl-v (in reproducing O'Donnell's R calculations). One can't help but wonder how Steig has managed to do so well in climatology without this fundamental talent...perhaps he has assistance(?)

Feb 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Oh fabulous - not just the cartoon, but the comments as well. You've all had me howling with laughter!

Feb 8, 2011 at 8:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterVerity Jones

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